Remove the stones and crush the Peaches into a pre-sanitised fermenting bucket. Pour the water over the contents together with the rest of the ingredients. Stir thoroughly. Cover the bucket with a cloth and leave to ferment in a warm place for 5 days. Stir the contents of the bucket daily.
Then strain into a 1-gallon demijohn through a muslin or nylon straining bag fitted into a funnel. Press to retrieve as much juice as possible then discard the pulp. It may be necessary to top up with cooled boiled water to 4½litres. Fit a bung and airlock and leave in a warm place to continue to ferment out completely.
Fermentation should be complete in 2-5 weeks. It should then be checked with a hydrometer. The hydrometer will indicate the remaining sugar level and finishing levels are as follows:
- Dry Wine-0.990-0.996
- Medium Wine-0.996-1.009
- Sweet Wine-1.009-1.018
Finishing the Wine
At the end of fermentation add 1 crushed Campden tablet and half a teaspoon of potassium sorbate per gallon. Leave in a warm place for 3 days to kill off the yeast. Then the wine should be left to clear in a cool place (15C) before siphoning from the sediment.
Country wines may not clear on their own and the addition of finings is recommended. Winefine finings are very effective. When clear you should pass the wine through a Vinbrite filter to obtain a professional finish before bottling.
The wine should now be bottled and stored in a cool dark place to mature for at least 6 months. During this time any rough tastes will be smoothed out and the wine will improve in bouquet and flavour. A glass of chilled Peach Wine perfectly compliments a summer picnic or barbeque.
The ingredients can be scaled up to make a 5-gallon (23litres) batch of wine if preferred.